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Topic: FOOD DISH

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: desservir 'to clear the table', from servir 'to serve'

dessert

noun
     
des‧sert [uncountable and countable]
DFF sweet food served after the main part of a meal
for dessert
What are we having for dessert?
WORD FOCUS: meal WORD FOCUS: meal
meals at different times of day: breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea British English, dinner, supper

a meal outside: picnic, barbecue also barbie informal, cookout American English

when you quickly eat a little food : snack, a bite to eat

a very big meal for a lot of people: banquet, feast

parts of a meal: starter British English, appetizer American English (the first course)
main course
/entree especially AmE, side dish (eaten with the main course)
dessert
also pudding sweet British English (sweet food eaten at the end of the meal)


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meal
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